Monday, May 16, 2011
I did my homework and prepared for the probable off track, doing my handicapping and making notes on Saturday night so I wouldn't embarrass her during my camera time. I watched Sunday's races in the slop so I had a beat on the track. I watched replays of some of my selections.
The comedy factor was high, at least. I commented that it looked like one trainer was "just looking to pick up a check" and I picked against (threw out) the all-time favorite Fort Erie horse. It was a great experience and I can say straight out, that it is a very difficult job. I have newfound respect for the guys and gals on TV who do it for a living. I'd like to try it again though, now that I know what to expect. I really appreciated the opportunity.
The bonus of the day was that I was able to sit with a group of gentlemen from Woodbine and the Daily Racing Form for the remainder of the day in the Turfside Terrace. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon. They had some great stories and we talked about the Queen's Plate and Canadian racing as a whole while playing the ponies and having a beverage or two.
My weekend handicapping was a tad better than on Monday. I entered both the 10-race TVG NHC Contest and the 8-race Equibase Handicapping Challenge, both online contests. I finished 170th out of approximately 3,300 in the NHC contest with $81.50 (ROI $4.08). Not too shabby. I was really sniffing it in the Equibase contest where I finished 10th overall out of approximately 1,600 contestants, picking four winners and two placings. My big pick was Every Ego, a 25-1 winner where my win bet was capped at $42 in both contests. My Equibase contest total was $111.70 (ROI $6.98). I was in 9th going into the last race at Hollywood, but my first time starter Magic School broke badly and then recovered late for third. A good one to file away for his next race.
We have a busy rest of the week with a Thursday Sports, Ink blog on the Black-Eyed Susan; a Preakness advance Friday for The Buffalo News; we'll do our annual Black Eyed Susan Dey blog here Friday; Live Blog from Pimlico at Sports, Ink on Saturday; and wrap with a Sunday column in The News.
Hope to see you in Baltimore!